La Floresta Community Swim Club Breaks Ground

Recreational Club Exclusively for La Floresta Residents is First of its Kind in Brea

La Floresta’s Community Swim Club, located on nearly two acres in the heart of the community broke ground December 19, 2013.   The Club will be a resort-style amenity exclusively for community residents and guests of all ages and paid for by the master homeowners' association. 

“The Community Swim Club will be the pulse of La Floresta where residents will meet and play in an exceptionally designed amenity that will make La Floresta the most unique community in North Orange County,” says James Martinez, project manager of La Floresta.  “The thoughtful design elements compliment the beautiful architecture of the surrounding neighborhoods and offer a resort-style amenity most people would only find on a vacation.”

The Club will offer indoor multipurpose rooms and a catering kitchen, as well as a pool and spa with outdoor showers, a dining patio with barbeques and seating for small parties.  Residents will also enjoy a recreational lawn, fire pit and interactive water feature for children.  Ample parking will surround the complex, but residents will be encouraged to walk there.

William Hezmalhalch Architects, a global comprehensive land planning and design firm, designed the Spanish colonial-style building and resort-style amenities while Land Concern, a landscape architecture firm based in Orange County, designed the lush landscaping in and outside of the Club.

Birch Hills Apartment Homes Now Open

Birch Hills Apartments are now open to residents.  Jamboree Housing, Inc., a well-respected builder of workforce housing in Orange County, built and manages the community.   The new apartments are located on the west side of Kraemer at the southern edge of the Birch Hills Golf Course. 

Birch Hills Apartment Homes incorporate state-of-the-art green features and incorporates design principles that have achieved a LEED certified Platinum rating, the highest possible. Some of the features will be solar efficient light fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and low VOC interior materials, in addition to built-in water conservation with flow restrictors, tankless water heaters, and drought tolerant landscaping. All of this keeps costs down for residents and is in keeping with Brea’s emphasis on green building.

Contact the City of Brea's Housing Department for more details and applications.

First Homeowners Move Into Paseo at La Floresta

La Floresta, a multigenerational, mixed-use master planned community in Brea welcomed its first homeowners on Saturday, August 10th.   The first five families moved into the Paseo townhome community being built by Standard Pacific Homes. Currently, 52 units in Paseo have been built and sold.  The full build out of 118 units is expected by fall of 2015.

“This is an exciting time for La Floresta because our vision for creating a multigenerational, mixed-use community is now coming to fruition,“ says James Martinez, project manager of La Floresta. “We are thrilled to welcome the first homeowners to La Floresta.”

Paseo, the second neighborhood to be built in La Floresta, is a collection of townhomes with early California architectural influences, innovative interior space planning and outside drought tolerant landscaping.  The 118 two-story townhomes are designed with three open floor plans with 1,518 to 1,867 square feet.  The homes have three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three baths, front porches and spacious Great Rooms next to gourmet kitchens and dining areas. To learn more about Paseo by Standard Pacific Homes, stop by the sales office daily or call 714-993-3687.

The La Floresta Welcome Center

Interest is building for La Floresta, as more than 15,000 families and individuals of all ages have visited the La Floresta Welcome Center since it opened in May 2011. The La Floresta Welcome Center features aerial displays, historical footage and construction updates. All available information is presented by specially trained La Floresta Ambassadors, who are knowledgeable about the vision of La Floresta, future new home opportunities, and preliminary commercial plans for the 120-acre La Floresta Community and 90-acre Birch Hills Golf Course portions of the mixed use master planned community.

The Welcome Center is moving to our new location inside the La Floresta Community Swim Club, which is located at 414 La Floresta Drive, at the end of July, 2014. For additional information call 714-388-2708 or email

Update on Imperial Highway and La Floresta Drive Improvements

La Floresta LLC in cooperation with Caltrans and the Brea Public Works Department are continuing to work on street improvements on Imperial Highway and Valencia Avenue.

According to La Floresta Project Manager Jim Martinez, the construction schedule was recommended by Caltrans, and approved by the City of Brea. He says it will help the La Floresta development team complete the project on a faster time schedule.

What type of work is being done?

  • New Welcome Center entrance at La Floresta Drive and Imperial Highway
  • Widening of Imperial Highway next to the La Floresta property
  • New medians on Imperial Highway and Valencia
  • Creating and paving new streets in La Floresta community
  • New sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Landscaping including plants, flowers and trees
  • New traffic signals on Imperial Highway
  • New DG (decomposed granite) trail around the entire property

Contact Brea's Public Works Department or Caltrans if you have questions or comments about this improvement project.

Capriana at La Floresta Opens

Capriana, a world-class Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) by Oakmont Senior Living, has completed construction. Located on a 5-1/2 acre campus at the southeast corner of La Floresta's 120-acre Multi-generational Master Planned Community. Oakmont's newest signature property will offer 75 apartment homes, four casitas (individual homes), and a care center for those ages 60+. Capriana residents will have access to dozens of amenities, including concierge and housekeeping services, spa treatments and gourmet cuisine. Assisted care is available in the private residences if needed. Villagio at Capriana provides Resident-Centered Memory Care in Orange County.

"Oakmont Senior Living is dedicated to exemplary service in our signature communities and the highest quality of life for our residents," says Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living. "We are excited to introduce Capriana and to bring our first-rate quality and elegant style to Brea."

To learn more about Capriana, stop by the Capriana Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., located on La Floresta Drive at Imperial Highway between Valencia and Rose Drive or call 714-996-1239.

Brea High School Student Learns About La Floresta's Development Process

Kaitlin Martinez' talks about her experience "Job Shadowing" Project Manager Jim Martinez.

As part of the Brea Chamber of Commerce Community Education Expo, I was privileged to have an awesome "Job Shadowing" experience on the La Floresta site, watching the manager of the project Jim Martinez as he went about his job that day. He was kind enough to tell me the history of the project and let his fellow employees fill me in on other basic terminology I needed to know like basics in architecture and what "grading soil" meant. Also, I got to see a side to construction that not everyone gets to see.

As an outsider who expected the project to take months or even years to complete, what never occurred to me beforehand was that the seeming delay in construction was not a fault of those building the city, but rather a part of the natural process of building anything in construction, not to mention something of this magnitude. The "La Floresta" project plans on being both self-sustainable and considerate of neighboring areas, while taking into account the input of those that will live there. There is also a new idea being tested to prevent flooding by building "catch" and "ditch" basins to hold excess water that would otherwise affect homes and other buildings. All these extra variables are added on top of the standard procedure for anything in construction.

What I found particularly interesting was the fact that these people are still making an impact through their jobs on society. Saving the environment is still a priority for them, and there is plenty of room for creativity on the job. My dad as an engineer is worried that I won't have the solid work opportunities as a writer or philosophy professor that I would have with a job in math or science. This experience was meant to show what I would expect with a "more stable work opportunity". Though I still can't say definitely which career path I will choose I am happy to know for certain that if writing in general isn't the career path I choose I will still have a creative outlet and be able to utilize my abilities and talents to do something that still matters.

Thank you, everyone at "La Floresta" for showing me that!

Birch Hills Golf Course Update

The Brea City Council recently extended the opening of the golf course to January 2015 to provide time to make additional improvements to the property. The full upgrades, which include the Southern part of the course, improved driving range and new parking lot will likely be completed by 2015.   An expanded project scope and environmental responsibility by the developer are requiring additional time.

Golf course designer Casey O’Callaghan says golfers will appreciate the improvements.

  • “It’s going to be dynamite … a brand new course. We’re enriching the look and feel of the course in a way that will be enjoyable for the average golfer, while keeping it interesting and exciting for better golfers, too.”
  • “The golf course owner’s desire to create a very high quality golfing experience is really commendable. One example of their attention to detail is how much extra work we’re doing to hide the golf cart path from view. On the new course, when players look down the fairway, most of the time all they’ll see is golf course – no cart path.”

We greatly appreciate the patience and support we've received from the community and golf course patrons.   We are working diligently to get the redesigned golf course open for public enjoyment.  For additional information about the planned golf course improvements or the site restoration program, please email or call 714/386-6585.






































La Floresta Ambassadors prepare for guest visits to the Welcome Center.



La Floresta Ambassadors prepare for guest visits to the Welcome Center.






















Capriana at La Floresta












Jim Martinez shows Kaitlin Martinez numerous mature trees that will be planted around the La Floresta property.























Birch Hills Golf Course scheduled to reopen year end 2013.